CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2
Project phase

Rendering of Johnson & Wales stop

Resources from Elizabeth Community Meeting on May 19, 2020

   Presentation Meeting recording FAQs     

Information from meeting with Elizabeth Community Association (ECA) Committee on April 20, 2020

Presentation  Risk Management letter and claim form


 Project updates

​The CityLYNX Gold Line is a 10-mile streetcar system that is an integral part of the 2030 Transit Corridor System Plan and is being constructed in phases. Phase 1 opened to revenue service in 2015; Phase 2 is currently under construction.

Phase 2 extends the current streetcar segment by a total of 2.5 miles. It will extend west by two miles, from the Charlotte Transportation Center to French Street in Charlotte's Historic West End. It will extend northeast by a half mile along Hawthorne Lane between Novant Presbyterian Hospital to Sunnyside Avenue, passing over I-74/Independence Boulevard. Phase 2 will include 11 additional stops and S70 Siemens modern streetcar vehicles with hybrid technology.

Various improvements have been made along the corridor in conjunction with the project, including the Frazier Avenue realignment project. This roadway realignment in Charlotte's Historic West End will align Frazier Avenue with Wesley Heights Way creating a four-way signalized intersection.

​The streetcar will be critical in creating a transit focused and pedestrian oriented center city through developing an integrated transportation system of pedestrians, bikes, motor vehicles, transit, parking, and land development.

​The project team has worked closely with adjacent neighborhoods to keep residents informed of project progress and construction impacts. Current efforts include biweekly emails and frequent street closure and construction activity updates.

$150 million - provided through a 50/50 federal match
Capital funding to cover the City’s 50% would come from unallocated and contingent capital accounts within the revenue sources, other than property taxes. Phase 2 was included in President Obama’s FY2016 budget for $75 million after the Federal Transit Administration’s Small Starts evaluation resulted in the project being rated “medium-high.”

 Project schedule

MAY 2020
Overall project
•	Continue special trackwork installation at French Street and start work at Sunnyside Avenue
•	Continue installing overhead wiring system foundations and poles in preparation for overhead wire installation
•	Continue roadway work throughout project area
	Hawthorne Lane Bridge
•	Place rebar and formwork in preparation for concrete deck pour
•	Potentially start concrete deck pour in late May or early June (starts daily at 3 a.m.)

Overall project
•	Continue roadway work throughout project area
•	Complete installation of overhead wiring system foundations and poles and begin overhead wire installation
•	Complete trackwork installation
•	Start punch list items (roadway, curb, sidewalk repairs & fencing)	Hawthorne Lane Bridge
•	Pour concrete deck and sides (starts daily at 3 a.m.)
•	Pour concrete medians and sidewalks
•	Cure concrete 
•	Install track on bridge
•	Install roadway pavement markings
•	Bridge opens to public
•	Complete overhead wire installation
•	Complete platform shelters & amenities
•	Complete roadway work throughout project area
•	Conduct in-street vehicle testing
•	Continue punch list items



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​Street closures

Below is a list of street closures affected by the CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 project. Visit CDOT's interactive street closure map for a comprehensive listing of street closures across the city.


West Trade Street eastbound from Five Points intersection

  • Take West 5th Street

  • Turn right on North Davidson Street

  • Turn left on West Trade Street

Trade Street westbound from North Davidson Street

  • Turn right on North Davidson Street

  • Turn left on East 6th Street

  • Turn right on West 5th Street

  • Montgomery Street between Trade Street and Frazier Avenue - northbound lanes closed (through June 22, 2020)

  • West Trade Street at Wesley Heights Way - partial street closure (extended through June 29, 2020)

  • Tryon Street between 4th & 5th Streets - reduced to one lane each direction with lane shifts (extended through July 17, 2020)

  • Beatties Ford Road between French Street and Dixon Street, including the intersection at Beatties Ford Road and Mill Street (extended through July 24, 2020)

  • Hawthorne Lane and Sunnyside Avenue - lanes closed both directions (extended through July 29, 2020)

  • Hawthorne Lane between Sunnyside Avenue and Bay Street - Use East 7th and Central Avenue as detour (through August 8, 2020)

There are no additional street closures scheduled at this time.

​Additional resources